The Washington Wizards have dealt with plenty of offseason front office re-structuring, and it continued today with Tommy Sheppard, who was promoted to Vice President of Basketball Operations.
Wizards general manager, Ernie Grunfeld, on the promotion: Tommy is a very respected figure within all circles of basketball, including the NBA, international/Olympic competition and the collegiate ranks,said Grunfeld. “His experience, combined with the additions we have made and the other well-deserved promotions within the department, gives us a solid foundation to continue improving our team.
According to the press release, Sheppard will continue to have a significant amount of influence on the Wizards organization. He’s been credited with helping the team select a number of players in the NBA Draft, including John Wall and Bradley Beal. Sheppard has been with the Wizards for more than a decade, but his new role will have him participate in “expanded duties”.
Sheppard seems to be a well respected member of the Wizards’ front office, so promoting him is a no-brainer. They’ve went through a number of changes, and it’s hard to judge the moves the Wizards have made in their front office, especially since members of the team are relatively unknown.
Regardless, the Wizards have turned over a large part of their front office, and I guess we’ll have to see if anything changes down the line.